In Matthea Harvey’s poetry collection If the Tabloids Are True What Are You, she uses whimsical fantasy, full-color photographs, and artwork to accentuate her lyrical prose.
Harvey’s playful artwork and poetry deconstructs the usual male fantasy of mermaids as half woman, half fish and instead introduces creatures who are half appliances instead. By creating such fantastical monsters, her poetry highlights the strength of women, as some of the hybrids have a gun, a wrench, or even a surge protector instead of legs. Also, Harvey uses traditional masculine appliances to warn her readers that her mermaids are no less dangerous than the ones found in folklore, only this time their lethality is readily apparent.
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Kelli Russell Agodon’s Hourglass Museum is a fascinating look at the often-invisible line between poetry and museum art. Many of her best pieces in this collection are inspired by the beautiful artwork that hangs in the halls of her local museums. Agodon uses each one as a metaphor in her poems, balancing her rich inner emotional life against the demands of her outward personal life and the relationships in between.
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If you’re a nostalgic ‘90s kid or someone who enjoys reading manga, then check out our gallery of selected artwork from volume one of the re-released Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon. Kodansha Comics and Random House published the 12 volume series from September 2011 to July 2013.
For those of you who never watched the animated series or read the manga, Sailor Moon was created by Naoko Takeuchi and revolves around a clumsy 14-year-old girl named Usagi Tsukino who meets a talking cat named Luna. Her new pet gifts her with a magical locket and tells her it’s her destiny to become a guardian of love and justice, a warrior named Sailor Moon. Not only that, but Luna adds that Usagi has to find a mysterious object called the Silver Crystal, as well as allies to help her in her quest.
Although this is a heavy burden to place on a young girl, especially one as clumsy and awkward as Usagi, after defeating some of her enemies who are also looking for the Silver Crystal, and will gladly steal the energy of humans to do so, the 14-year-old manages to turn herself into a butt-kicking, world-saving heroine.
Whether you’re tired of the stereotypical “tough girl” heroines and long for a more realistic strong female character, or if you grew up watching the English-dubbed version of the anime and collected the first edition of the manga, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon has lovable female characters, a hefty dose of “girl power,” and stunning artwork.
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